FAQ

Important snorkeling tips:

  • Touch Nothing!
    Touch Nothing!
  • Think , care and enjoy ~ Help the reef give continuing enjoyment.
    Think , care and enjoy ~ Help the reef give continuing enjoyment.
  • Remember most coral reefs grow half an inch a year.
    Remember most coral reefs grow half an inch a year.
  • Look, , enjoy and leave ~ Take nothing dead or alive from the reef.
    Look, , enjoy and leave ~ Take nothing dead or alive from the reef.


 Be prepared before you go snorkeling:

Put sunscreen on your back, bathing suit line, back of neck and the back of your legs.  During the first days of your trip you may want to wear a t-shirt to protect yourself from the sun. Do not put sunscreen in your face or on your feet, it will burn in your eyes and will deteriorate your mask and your fins. Before trying on your fins, wet them and your feet to make it easier. Do not snorkel without fins. You never know if you will get caught in a current. You have no chance to get back to your boat against a current without fins. You may want to wear a snorkeling vest if you are not a strong swimmer or tire easily.  If you only inflate this vest in case of an emergency it will not bother you during your snorkel trip, but it makes you more visible to other water crafts and you can inflate it easily if you have a problem with you mask or fins. Test your mask for leaks and the fit of your fins close to your yacht, so you can make necessary adjustments before you head out. Do not snorkel alone. Always swim with a buddy at your side. Take you time and do not rush through the reef. Most of the fishes are shy and hide when you first approach a coral head or reef. If you hover for a minute or two above the coral head you will see them reappear. A reef is like a painting the longer you look at it the more details you will see. If you have an underwater camera, take it with you all the times. You never know when you make your picture perfect encounter with you favorite fish or turtle. Disposable cameras without flash only take satisfying pictures in good light conditions and if you are close to the object.


 

A passport is the principal requirement for entry into the BVI. Visitors from some countries may also need a visa – if in doubt ask us to check with the BVI Immigration Office for you.

Medications should be brought with you. There are pharmacies on the islands but your particular prescription may be impossible to obtain. Most yachts do carry a basic first aid kit.

Rarely do our clients suffer from sea sickness. The many islands that make up the BVI offer wonderful protection from the ocean beyond. You get ideal sailing winds without rough seas. If you are susceptible to motion sickness we recommend you bring over the counter medication – but we don’t expect you will need it after the first day.

Bring soft luggage that can be stored in your stateroom. Whatever you bring in the way of clothes will undoubtedly be too much. Repeat guests always pack much lighter the second time around!

Most of the yachts are “no shoes” boats, so please don’t go running out to buy some expensive pair of yachting shoes. You probably won’t use them. We suggest you bring along sandals, sneakers and maybe reef shoes. If you prefer to wear shoes on deck, talk with your captain about it, before you start your trip.

Modern day sunscreens are very effective. You should come well stocked up. Please try to bring lotion only, no oils or sprays should be used on the boat. Always use at least one level up of SPF that you would use normaly. You are much closer to the equator here and the sun like to burn sensitive skin.

Bring plenty your camera and maybe some spare batteries as well. Many guests bring their own video cameras and it’s fun watching the footage at the end of the day!

Music ~ We encourage you to bring a selection of your own CDs with you. Nowadays it is also easier to travel with your ipod and most crewed yachts have jacks to hook them up to the sound system on the boat.

Do not bring linens or towels. The yacht will provide towels for you.

Most of the yachts have a phone on board and some even internet access . So, if you need to keep in touch with your family or business, please let them know that you will call them on the first day and give them your personal number aboard the yacht. Though this expense is not included in rate.

All yachts do not allow smoking under deck, but will have a designated area with ashtray. If you smoke please let us know so we can make sure the crew will not mind. Some boats are smoke free.

Some yachts offer family specials. Children have fun on a yacht vacation if they are water safe.

Yachts are not unlike a small hotel or restaurant and gratuities are very much appreciated. If you are pleased with their service, then the usual guideline for a tip is 15% to 20% of the charter fee, which is shared equally amongst your crew.

About the weather:
Lying just over 1000 miles from the equator the BVI enjoys a balmy sub-tropical climate, plied by constant trade winds. Temperatures rarely drop below 77F in the winter or rise above 90F in the summer. The night temperatures vary by only 10F. Hurricanes are very rare and are most likely to occur from late August to the end of September.
Our year is characterized as follows:

While the US Mainland and much of Europe is locked in the icy grip of winter the US and British Virgin Islands enjoys fresh trade winds and abundant sunshine. Daytime temperatures average 80 – 85F dropping to 75 – 80F at night. Winds average 10 – 20 knots providing exciting sailing conditions and cool night ventilation. Short localized rain showers may pass over us but these rarely last for more than 30 minutes.
Xmas and New Year are the busiest weeks of the season and the BVI high season is January – April.

From the middle of April the winter trade winds begin to moderate and we experience a slow increase in daytime temperatures. Daytime highs average 90F, nighttime lows 80F and there is a 20% chance of short showers. The islands take on a fresh green lushness that heralds the arrival of a new season. In Fall it is the reverse pattern, except that we are prone to more rain showers.
Spring represents excellent value to visitors. Anticipating the summer, most prices drop on May 1st and there is a gradual reduction in the number of visitors to the islands. Finding a quiet anchorage gets easier and the snorkeling and diving are fabulous with reduced wave action.

July, August and September are the quietest months in the BVI. It is the warmest time of year with daytime highs of 95F but nights remain comfortable at 80F. We enjoy the tranquil anchorages and lazy sailing days and we have air-conditioning throughout the boat for those still nights.

Responsible tourism and the environment

1. Please take care not to drop litter, which not only is unsightly but is harmful to animals. If you can leave places better than you found it, you will help to make a real difference.
2. Take the minimum of packaging with you. Soap boxes, wrappers and so on place additional strain on waste disposal systems that may be unable to cope.
3. Try to use water sparingly. Take showers instead of baths.
4. Use detergents that are eco friendly for cleaning and shampooing, this will prevent pollution to water supplies, the sea and rivers.
5. Turn down/off air conditioning when not required. Switch off lights when leaving a room.

The economy

1. Respect the local culture and traditions. Ensure that your dress and behavior is appropriate for the places you visit.
2. Support local craftsmanship and remember bargaining for the sake of it is accepted but not encouraged.
3. By enjoying the local cuisine, using local suppliers and local guides you will enrich your holiday experience and help support the local economy.
4. Please don’t pick flowers and plants or collect pebbles and seashells. Leave them for others to enjoy.

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Q: Do we need Travel Insurance?
We do recommend that you purchase trip insurance in case of unexpected delays, cancellations or unforeseen events, but it is not absolutely necessary. We recommend: Global Care http://www.globalcare-cocco.com/, Access America http://www.allianztravelinsurance.com/ or Travel Guard. Or compare policies here QuoteWright http://www.quotewright.com/. If you choose not to purchase trip insurance we may ask you to indicate this on your charter yacht agreement. Cancellation insurance is highly recommended and may be required during hurricane seasons in the Caribbean.

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